I often get asked how I keep my teeth so white? My tip is these little tooth paste tablets ” Boom toothy tabs” it’s charcoal & chili blend help keep teeth white. Don’t worry the chili part doesn’t make them spicy! Although the charcoal part makes you unattractive for a couple minutes, it’s worth it! These baby’s don’t harm your enamel and keep your teeth sparkling white. $9.99 a bottle, available at Lush shops. For those of you who know me know I am a huge Iced Tea drinker , Yes you can still have White teeth. Now I do use Crest White stripes for 1 week every year at the beginning of summer these little tablets are my white smile maintainers. Hope you enjoyed my Tuesday’s tip ❤️D’Arcy
Let me know if you try them and how you liked them. ( this post is not sponcered in anyway)
2016 Recap.. Favorite’s and Life Changing… A look back💕
As 2016 came to a end I needed to Share some of my greatest memories, Accoplishments and life changers… 2016 was a big year of change for me in Many ways from health, business and lifestyle.
I have loved Fashion & interior design since I was a little girl Designing Barbies Dream house and Building her wardrobe. So of course I have dreamed of going to New York Fashion Week since I was a little girl. It was a dream come true to exsperience this & being able to share with my sister made it icing on the cake. ( read about our Trip here)
Making Changes in business….my husband and I have owned Chic Style clothing boutique for 7 years. It’s been a dream, Hard work, reaching goals, long Hours, lost family time, big learning lessons ( good & bad) building wonderful relationship and helping woman look and feel good…. We built to 3 stores a website and a monthly Subscription business in this time with a goal of 5 shops… Lots of Prayers and some bumps ,we were on our way to the 5 and along the way ( and more prayers) our goals changed…. We realized Bigger isn’t better, Work smarter not harder and Our family was growing up to Fast and were missing it! We down sized Now to Our 1 South Ogden shop a website and our subscription box. We have other dreams we are wanting to accomplish (which we will share soon) we are Happy with our dession’s ( don’t think tears weren’t shed and some heartache felt, even some failure thought) But as time went on we knew we made the right choices. Because of the choices we made in 2016 we were able to spend more time with Our boys, go on vacations, devote more time with God and I believe where on the right path for 2017 in business and life. Thank you for supporting us and sharing us on our journey as small buisness owners💕 ( more one our Buisness story here)
A business goal achieved…. Making it on Fox 13 News with a fashion segment on (The Place) was a big goal achieved with the help of my friend Jen Berns I got a call to do my first tv spot and was lucky enough for it to have gone well that I got asked back In November and looking forward to two more segements in January and February. I know God had his had in this and believe me I am counting my blessings🙏🏻
20 years of Marriage is My biggest accomplishment of 2016, I am Lucky to be Married to a man I adore , My best friend, who shares the same values and supports my goals. Being married 20 years has been truly easy to this loving & easy going man. We celebrated with a first class Trip and our First ever vacation with out our kids (our trip post here) to The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas and then off with 8 of our friends on a private yacht to tour the BVI’s truly a trip of a life time. Wishing I was planing this trip again it was so fabulous! Almost a “pinch me” is it real kind of trip!
I shared my Health , Hormone and weight challenge with you several post back (read here) I finally got answers, felt better and got my bikini body back, not perfect in any way and still working on it but at least I feel like I can be seen in a bathing suit again😘 ( this is a big deal to a girl who loves the beach and her Sunday lake day’s)
My men❤️ What I live for …. I couldn’t imagine my life with out them! Because of our Buisness choices this year , we were able to have more time to share as a family and go on some much need vacation ‘s. 2016 was the First time I ever made a list of resolution ( I will share my 2016 list with you & the results in the next week) 1 of my resolutions was to getaway more & travel. I really wanted to go somewhere every month, even if it was a little weekend getaway ! Resolution achieved✔️ It made the year so enjoyable I made it be a 2017 resolution as well! It is life changing and really is worth taking the time to make a break a priority. Fun family bonding and great memories made.
My Family and I try to give back and help others. 2016 I made another Resolution to Give back more, help more and come up with more Randome acts of kindness. We were able with the help of Many Family & friends to reach our Goal of 200 Homeless giving bags (we achieved 212) Next year our goal is 500. I will be doing a post on our details of what’s in our bags and our process this month so stay tuned. As for our Random Acts of Kindness … I am a Junior league Member and this year one of the members came up with a challenge, which was perfect because I was already thinking of ideas to put into play… With a their challenge I was given 50 cards to attach Random acts too and pass out…. What a joy to see the look on people’s faces. It really does make your life better to be able to GIVE❤️ If you want to see what I did check out my Instagram @darcyvandenberg to see the post.
Owning a Boutique, selling clothes is the main part of our Buisness. I realized what ever I wear in our shops I sell out of. A light went on ( yes it only took 6 years) I need to Model the clothing and post the new arrivals. I did think of it Earlier but honest I didn’t have the time to model and set up shoots with 3 shops. One of the positive things to come out of down sizing and boy has it helped sales. People having been loving it and comment how much they love the change. Happy I could use some tips from my old modeling days and my hubby is a decent photographer.
I hope you enjoyed my recap of 2016, I love sharing with you my Top 9 ❤️D’Arcy
Re-thinking the Traditional Holiday red & green for This years Holiday Color💕 it’s ok not to do the traditional color’s and decorate & wear color’s that make you happy. Pale pink is my favorite color, I think it makes for a fun Holiday color , Soft, looks pretty with fresh greenery and perfect in Snow. Nothing like a big cozy sweater in your favorite color to help you enjoy the cooler weather and enjoy the Holiday festivities . Branch out and choose a color that makes you look and feel good😘
Sweater by Leith , jeans by Edyson, shoes Badgley Mischka, large pink ring Zenzii, eyeliner Teddy by Mac and Lipstick and liner Chanel 05 mordore nude liner / 54 boy lipstick
My Sister and I after Our First Blow out & Style In NYC at the Parker Meridian Dry Bar ( no Make up😬)
Oh My… Have you been to a dry Bar? If you haven’t it’s a must do when your in a town that has one❤️
What is a dry Bar you ask? It’s a “Happy Place ” for woman, to Have Great hair at a affordable price in a fun and Chic Salon with Fabulous smelling products and serves a yummy drink! This is just a place for a Wash, blow out that gives you body and shine , finishing it off with great Styling! No other services are preformed here which means no yucky smells and is spotless from hair and dust from nails! It’s a pure delight!
Lets talk Hair… My Hair I am a natural blond with Silky straight thin hair but I have a decent amount for hair for it being fine….. My mom has been a hair dresser for over 40 years and has never felt hair like mine…. Yes it’s tricky hair! ( a huge reason I haven’t changed my hair since elementary school ) Really… This is the first Year without bangs!!! We did try a perm once my senior year in High school… I want BIG 90’s hair and well let’s just say the perm didn’t take… When I washed my hair 2 days later it when back to stick straight!!! No Big hair for this girl… But Boy I tried with Hot rollers , sponge rollers, teasing and tons of Aqua Net! My mom always cut my hair dry and I never got a hair wash in the Shampoo bowl…. Because it would be a nightmare of tangles!!!! I am very tender headed as well !
Years later I moved to Utah.. I found Nume Curling wands…. A curling Iron that actually curls my hair and stays for a whole day!! ( more on Numa wands in Next week’S post) Mom wasn’t close anymore but we see each other almost every other month, which she’ll give me a trim and about once a year gives me some highlights ( I didn’t need until my late 30’s and moving to Utah…the California Sun worked in my favor) So I realized I need to find someone I could trust My hair too that wouldn’t kill me or ruin my delicate hair! My cute nail girl Sheridan was just finishing hair school and works at an Aveda saloon. We talked about my hair at several nail appointments and I decided she listened to my concerns and really thought she could do a good job with my hair:). So Yes my First Hair appointment was in MY 40’s….. I booked for some highlights, a cut and a blow out….. I loved it and she helped me to Trust someone besides my mama with my hair! I needed to give you this little background to help you understand why Blow out’s are Special to Me….
The Dry Bar exsperience ….. My First time was with My Sister Tiana ( who has fab Hair, thick, curly and is not tender headed . She’s a natural brunette and can do anything to her hair) We were in NYC for Fashion Week and it was a Bucket list to go to a dry Bar…. I bought a Dry Bar blow dry a couple years ago and some of their product and I was in LOVE❤️ I started looking into what Is this Dry Bar…A place that Just Blows out your Hair swears they give you body to all types of hair and Style that last a couple of Days???( I am lucky if mine last the day!). So this was something I was intrigued by. Is this true could they give me a style that last even for 2 days… Not kill my head or rip out my hair from tangling it into a mess…. Why yes .. YES they could!!!!
Dry Bar NYC, We arrived to be treated with a mimosa and met our cute Stylist… Who asked us what we wanted…the Straight, Manhattan, Cosmo, Mai Tai, dirty Martini, southern comfort ,Etc I opted for The Southern Comfort Big Hair , lots of Volume with curls❤️❤️ It was such a great exsperience and our hair lasted 3days..( mine stayed curled 2 but still had body) We went again While in New York!! It was such a treat not to have to worry about hair on our Trip!
On My Birthday we were in Las Vegas, The Dry bar Opened here in July so of course it was a must do with my mom…..when we arrived Home from our Trip The New Book & bag was on my door step ( Can’t wait to read it ALL) I’ll keep you posted😘
This has become a favorite & something I will exsperience when I am in any City that has a Dry Bar ( I keep asking for them to put one at Farmington station in Utah) so please do your self a favor and make an appointment for a blow out at The Dry Bar….. wwwthedrybar.com. For cities near you….. Can’t get to one…. Order their products on their website or online at Nordstrom.com The smell of their Products are amazing and have changed my hair! Dry Bar lover❤️
The Flared Trouser Jean….It’s not always about the Skinny Jean. All though the skinny is super versatile. The flared Trouser has a great place in your Jean pile. The flared Jean works great for a dressed up look Shown above & perfect for making your legs look longer. Typically sold with a longer heam works perfect with a heel and you want it to cover the top of your foot so your shoe peeps out, given you a longer leg💕 Now who doesn’t want that! 😘
Enjoy your week❤️ D’Arcy
Happy to answer any fashion questions, just leave a comment 😘
Birthday Lunch with My family at Maggiano’s @ fashion Show in Las Vegas
My long Time girlfriend Opened a Boutique ( a dream of hers for years) Rowan on Santa Claus lane in Carpinteria….so it was a Joy to go visit her, Shop her Boutique and go out to Lunch❤️
My Men❤️ Sunday Breakfest and a morning Beach walk!
Turning 45….. Wow I don’t feel 45… Where does the time go? I can honestly say age really doesn’t matter, It’s all in how you feel and act. I try to take care of myself, stay busy and love life…. Rocking in 45 is just another number BUT the Long weekend celebrating it was a blast! I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate….Wonderful people, good food, some of my favorite Things & My loves all in the City & the Beach! One Happy Girl! Thanks to everybody who helped celebrate with me. ❤️D’Arcy
This outfit Black waxed Jeans ( jbrand) black crisis cross tee, and sequined jacket (j crew) black clutch Jimmy Choo and black open toe booties by Vince Camuto… Worn to 2 shows I had to rush from one too another without change…. Leanne Marshelle show & the Sherri Hill show
NYFW …. The clothes! What to wear when you attend NWFW In the Fall….With this being My First Time, not a lot of time to plan and unusually warm weather, I felt I did pretty good on the packing and choosing the right outfits for for shows, travel, sight seeing and Nightlife. I didn’t feel out of place or uncomfortable in any situation but I did learn pack only clothes that photograph well ( I wore a pretty dress that I love to the Social House event and It doesn’t photograph well…. It was perfect for Brunch which I knew It would be but I knew in my heart it wasn’t going to photograph well and it didn’t!) not having time to change to get to Social House…. I missed out on Having some great photograph opportunities….
I would make changes for sure….. Pack More skirts & dresses, only clothes that photograph well, I didn’t need as much jewelry as I packed…. ( narrow down Jewlery to go with each outfit!) being my first time I brought Casual and dressy for each outfit❤️ I also brought to Many shoes Way to Many Shoes Narrow down to My Favorite Black Heel’s, shoes to match My dressier dress, 1 pair of sandals , pair of Tennis shoes and 1 flip flop and 1 Bootie or wedge! Really Take the time to match. Shoes to multiple outfits…Shoes weigh a lot and you really need the spare weight!
Things I packed that I was so thankful for…. My black waxy leather jeans I wore 3 times and made 3 completely different outfits with differnt tops, jacket, shoes and accessories ( sorry we were rushing so much of the Time we forgot pictures of some outfits) my leather jacket… Not because it was cold ( it was unbearably hot a couple of the days) but to add a cool factor on your shoulders! My Hobo bag ❤️ goes cross body for sight seeing And travel day’s,(www.chicstyleutah.com) 1pair Of trendy jeans, shoe pads, gel for the heels, foot cream, Bandades, 2 portable charges, airborne and aspirin.
More Packing Tips in a feature Post!
Hope you find some inspiration in some of what We wore for New York Fashion Week ,
Our First NYFW kicked of With a fun Meet & greet at the Gansevoort Hotel and Rooftop Bar in the Meat packing district…. So Beautiful and a fun way to kick off the Week. ( details on what we wore in a up coming post)
LULUS Style Studio…. Influencer and Blogger party
We were spoiled with drinks, treats and Swag….sponcered by NYX,The Balm, Amika, LVX, Nu.ME. LaqA&co., black Swan, Herbivore, Winky Lux, Pop chip, Kind, Sigma and Woodsee…. Hosted by LULUS… Such a fun Time socializing, meeting our Style Collective sister’s & other influential Bloggers , being treated like a queen! (More About the Swag and WHAT we wore)
Then off to the Roof Top Party at the Standard…. The night life in NYC is crazy bars & clubs stay Open until 4am…. If I wasn’t on Utah Time I wouldn’t have been able to keep up❤️
The Shop Style Social House at the Glass House, a Blogger and influencer party with beautiful views, fun photo opportunities , Tons of Swag and great company was Another great event with so much to take in….Beening our first time we didn’t know what to expect and really didn’t allow for enough time to exsperience ALL they had to offer. ( We had a fashion show to get to) If I am LUCKY enough to get a chance to go again I would allow for a several hours to enjoy all they had to offer…. Beautiful views & professional photographers, yummy treats, clothing, accessories and stationary booths. ALL with Swag ( You’ll read more about this soon) sponcered by Yumi Kim, sole society, square Cash, Gigi New York, Vestiaire, signature Hallmark, Bauble Bar, Sam Edelman …HOSTed by Shop Style
Our last day in NYC…. Today we Skipped our Morning FAShion Show , Packed up and headed for New York bagels , a walk in Centeral Park, Took a breather and enjoyed the LAST few hours we Had to TAKE in NYC…. We did have to Grab the last of Our Treats to take Home to Our families… ( mine requested FOOD) more about that in next couple post🍴
One of My favorite Times of the year!
Las Vegas market week…
This is the Time where every Clothing & accessories manufacturer in the industry comes together to fill EVERY convention center in Las Vegas with their Lines from immediate Fall/winter collection to Spring 2017… (Yes I’ll be purchasing Spring 2017 NOW)
It’s Exciting to see ALL the New collection and trends!
The Booths and display are works of ART… The creativity is mind blowing! Inspiration is everywhere!
I Shopped for this Fall last Spring so it’s been arriving in shop already and more everyday until Christmas… So be sure to stop by the SHOP & see what’s arrived from market already!
I am always on the hunt for NEW lines, different merchandise you may not see elsewhere! Staying ahead of trends and watching for that NEXT COOL item! Love keeping our CHIC cliental in things that make you look and feel great!
I’ll be looking for more cool looks and trends to bring back to you NOW and for Spring 2017. Make sure to follow our Instagram chat video for my live chats and what’s happening!
I’ll post some “Be the Buyer” pictures On Our VIP Chic Style Facebook page…so make sure to join in and HELP us shop…
What going to be your favorite Fall trend this year?
What color are you hoping is BIG for Spring 2017?
Is there a brand you want us to carry or look into?
Denim is a Staple Item in everyone’s closet….easy to transition into any season! Denim isn’t just in jeans… It’s a great Fabric and in style in everything from jackets, dresses, skirts and shorts. Easy to pair with other favorite pieces in your closet. I have a couple of my favorites and some denim tips to share.
Heres a few of my favorite pieces And a couple of my favorite way to wear denim in the Summer time…Everyone has their go to jeans, here’s mine!
I love Kut from the Kloth and its sister companies STS see through Soul and Edyson. I carry mostly these denim Brands in our shops for several reasons. Their Price point is awesome $59-99, the quality of denim is great, and they have a body style that fits every body type. Kut from the Kloth sizes 0-14 & Edyson 25-31 are a TRUE woman fit, StS is a junior fit 1-13. I love carry products I believe help make a woman feel great!
Buying Denim buy tight, it stretches with wear…
Washing denim doesn’t need to be washed every wear ( if it’s dirty wash them) The more you wash your jeans the more you break down the fibers and shorten their life. You can always spot-clean stains.
Slow down fading, wash in cold water and inside out.
Avoid Shrinkage, Air dry it yield the least amount of change!
Best way to store jeans is folded in your closet.
Denim is ALWAY’S a smart buy it transition into every season! Just keep it a classic wash and fit!
SUMMER time TIPS
Wear Chambray or a Tencel Jean look for a light weight and easy to wear.
Wear a boyfriend fit Jean or short… They fit looser and can breathe easier.
Pair with Cotton tees or tanks that breathe and a cute Sandal to keep keep the rest of your body cooler!
Here’s a few of My FAVORITE jeans and GO to looks this Summer
In the mood for some shopping? Here are a few of OUR favorite New arrivals that hit our SALE’s floor at Chic Style.